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Hi I'm Randy

I am a husband, father, and attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southeast Idaho and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah with degrees in philosophy and in psychology. I learned to speak Spanish on my mission to Monterrey, Mexico. I graduated from Southern Methodist University law school in Dallas, Texas. I started out as an immigration lawyer, then switched to trial law. My wife and our four children moved to northern Idaho 15 years ago. We enjoy the beauty of the lakes and mountains. We love to camp, hike, lake kayak, and mountain bike. We also attend plays, concerts, lectures, and sports events at University of Idaho and Washington State University.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving Mormon home. My parents were kind and giving members of our community who continually served others and were good examples. Although my family was devote in the faith, I wanted to know whether the Church was true for myself. I read the scriptures, fasted, prayed, and meditated for several months. As promised in the Book of Mormon, my prayers were answered. Since then, I have enjoyed the knowledge that we are saved through Christ's atonement as we repent and that our families can live together forever. I love serving others in our family, in the Church, in our community, and through my profession. The peace and comfort I feel from the knowledge of the Truth of the Gospel form the basis of my day to day actions. I wish that others understood the centrality of Christ in our Doctrine and that they would understand and appreciate that our Doctrine adds to and enhances, rather than undermines, what they may currently believe. I would invite all to invite members or the missionaries to have a friendly conversation about our beliefs. I also would invite anyone interested to attend one of our meetings to see the kind of people who are members. They'll find that they have a lot in common with our members. They may even know some of them.

How I live my faith

I try to live my religion on a daily basis by using my professional talents and skills to lift others' burdens and to lighten their loads. This may seem like an odd approach to the practice of law, but I believe that every one of us can use our talents to help others, no matter what we do. A kind word, gesture, or response can help lift us all. I currently serve as a Bishop in a congregation of married college students. Most are recently married or having their first children. They are intelligent, motivated, faithful, and enthusiastic. We talk a lot about how to love one another, how we can be more supportive husbands and wives and fathers and mothers. We use the examples of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to understand our purposes in life; the patience, love, forgiveness, and kindness they exemplify; and we talk about how to create a loving and caring home that is a refuge and sanctuary from the challenges we face. I love visiting members, teaching Boy Scouts, doing pro bono legal work for those in need, speaking in the community, and meeting people from all walks of life. I enjoy sharing beliefs, thoughts, and perspectives with good people everywhere and I try to be friendly and approachable. When I was looking for employment in law school, I was told not to mention my membership in the Church because potential employers might think that I was weird or a member of a cult or non-Christian. I always listed my membership and my mission on my resume. It has lead to really interesting conversations and, in my opinion, has never resulted in my not getting a job. My faith is a great blessing and my membership in the Church is a central part of what makes me who I am. Being a missionary and sharing my beliefs with the great people of Mexico is a happy memory. To this day, I try to respectfully share what I believe with others so that they can enjoy the knowledge of the Truth of the Gospel and can have the peace and comfort I have through Christ's atonement.